Why begin violin at an early age (ages 2-5)?
Introducing music education and violin lessons at an early age has many benefits for a child and a parent. In most cases children develop speech and learn their native language with natural ease. This process is due important factors like a nurturing environment, positive reinforcement, observation, repetition, immersion, and motivation. All of these steps are applied to the study of music. Suzuki calls this the “mother-tongue” approach to music. When children of 2-5 years old are introduced to a musical environment they can develop their ear and musical talent just like they develop speech. At this age they are eager and excited to learn, please imitate, and repeat. Children 5 and under have more time to listen and practice and can establish a practice pattern before they have too many other activities and school.
“Music is a language of the heart without words” Shinichi Suzuki
What to expect:
Create a musical environment by playing recordings throughout the day (while eating, doing homework, riding in a car, etc) and attending live concerts. Listen passively and actively.
Step by Step:
Just as children learn to babble before they learn words, music is taught in small enough units so that students are always experiencing success.
There is an equal relationship between the teacher, student and parent. As the teacher I will encourage and educate the parent on how to be the at-home teacher, what to practice, and what to listen to. Each relationship in the triangle is equally important with equal respect and communication.